When Universal Pictures broke box office records, many of the company’s recent films were given a nod in assisting this achievement. Without a doubt, Furious 7 did its part in pushing the studio over that threshold as the film broke some box office records of its own when it hit theaters. All this success has fed Universal’s desire for more sequels in the franchise, even though the studio has been struggling to find a director for their planned follow-up.
With an already decided upon release date for Fast and Furious 8 — who really knows what it’ll be called at this point? — rumors have risen regarding issues with the film, way before production has even begun. In an attempt to set the record straight, franchise star and producer Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page to clarify the behind-the-scenes process in bringing this next movie to life while also confirming that the next three sequels will be the final films in the enormous franchise.
Viewing the Fast & Furious franchise as a collection of trilogies is an interesting perspective, to be sure, but these sound like grand plans given the fact that no one has even seen a script yet. Still, Diesel is promising an official announcement in his next Facebook post, which sounds like this info may be coming sooner rather than later as the actor loves connecting with his fans over social media.
With Furious 7 director James Wan dipping back into the horror genre with The Conjuring 2, and then moving on to helm Aquaman and Robotech, it’s pretty evident he’s too busy to return to the franchise. This may be a good thing as a fresh perspective on an aging series such as this could be lucrative for all involved. Still, a director with some action-movie savvy would probably be desirable. I mean, whatever the script has to offer, Universal is going to want to outdo that scene with the skydiving cars, because skydiving cars will be considered sooo two years ago once Fast and Furious 8 hits theaters on April 14th, 2017.
(Via Vin Diesel on Facebook)